Abnormal behavior/comb color change

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by arittenb1, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. arittenb1

    arittenb1 In the Brooder

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    I was wondering if anyone had any advice or ideas what could be going on with one of my girls, shes a 9 month old sapphire gem. Within the past 3 days I noticed her acting more lethargic/not herself. Shes not being as social, not going in the run when its first opened in the morning like all the girls usually do, being more handleable then she normally is, not eating as much and doesn't even want any scratch or treats. Her comb has turned a bit purple and she seems to be keeping herself more tucked together rather than having her head held high. She has liquid stool as well. I live in michigan and it's in the 30s right now and this is her first winter out in the coop so I'm not sure if that could have anything to do with it.

    None of my other girls are showing any similar symptoms.
     

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  2. Kathy Golla

    Kathy Golla Crowing

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    Make double sure she is getting enough food and water and is not being kept away from it. I suspect she is low energy as she might not be getting enough to eat. Watch and make sure you see her eating and drinking regularly, with your own eyes.
    If you suspect she is hungry, pull her out of the pen, outside of the sight of the other hens, and feed her something she really loves (not chicken feed). My hens' kryptonite is scratch grain, which is terrible for them, but its how I can tell if they are hungry. If she eats ravenously, this is usually a clue.
    Check and see if she has weight on her (is there flesh on her breast and between her legs).
    I assume you are feeding a good flock feed?
    Check for lice and mites.
    Check to make sure she hasnt injured herself.
     
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  3. arittenb1

    arittenb1 In the Brooder

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    Shes my biggest and most assertive girl so I dont think she has any problem when it comes to getting food and water.
    We tried pulling her out separate and giving her scratch grain and she wouldn't touch it which normally she loves.
    I think we feed a good flock feed but I'm going to look more into and see if theres something better.
    I havent checked for lice or mites yet but will tomorrow morning. Will they be easily visible? These are my first chickens so I'm new to everything but trying to learn as much as I can.
     

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